May 2, 2014 5:30pm PDT
supported by russia. the fighting sparking this fire at the separatist headquarters, leaving people dangling from windows. and at least 31 dead. elsewhere, pro-russian mobs hitting back, taking down two helicopters and stopping this armored carrier from advancing. all just a day after storming yet another government building. we're seeing petrol bombs, tear gas, stun grenades. the entire country is now on edge. city after city falling like dominos to pro-russian gangs. today, president obama, meeting with germany's angela merkel, took yet another shot at russian leader vladimir putin. >> what can't be taken into account is his suggestion that he has the right to violate the sovereignty of another country. that's not acceptable. >> reporter: but here on the streets, the anger is aimed at the united states. we asked this leader who he blames for violence. his answer doesn't need any translation. >> america, america. >> reporter: even as i'm talking, there are groups of armed men roaming the city. and the big question now is, will russian troops invade? diane? >> thank you so much. >>>
Apr 28, 2014 5:30pm PDT
challenge to vladimir putin of russia. president obama announcing new sanctions targeting russia officials. and companies with links to the combative russian leader. while in the streets of one eastern ukrainian city, pro-russian forces moved in. and chaos erupted. abc was there. >> reporter: this is new ukraine, a country ready to explode, nearly at war with itself. >> reporter: this is what they worried about. people rushed into the crowd, and all hell broke loose. a heavy scent of gas in the air. you can hear the explosions as we're talking. the day didn't start out this way. the democrat administrators sided with united states. their flags turned to fear. attacked by a pro-russian mob. explosion. weapons and tear gas. watch the exact moment this man hit with a home-made bomb. bloodied and beaten. no word. just a peace sign. this journalist hit with a brick. the violence comes as the white house is lashing out at russia with those new economic sanctions. targeting putin's inner circle of supporters. government officials and companies believed putin has personal investments in.
Apr 25, 2014 5:30pm PDT
minister says that vladimir putin is ready to start world war iii and russia refuses to back up from the border. here's jonathan karl. he asked president obama if america's economic pressure is working. john? >> reporter: good evening, diane. president obama told me bluntly today that "president putin is not a stupid man" and that sanctions are hurting russia and putin knows it. this is getting personal. i asked the president about putin's recent response to a question about whether he thought obama would save him if he were drowning. president putin was asked that if he were drowning, would you save him? and said he thought you would save him. so i'm just wondering, was he correct on that? >> i absolutely would save mr. putin if he were drowning. i'd like to think that if anybody is out there drowning, i'm going to save him. >> reporter: president obama hasn't spoken to putin in over a week, but he did speak to european leaders last night about another round of sanctions, and we're told they are coming in soon, probably before the president returns to washington next week. diane? >>